CreatorWm Gale and Son
Coffeepot is part of presentation set in rococo revival style. Pot is ornamented with flowers and scrolls, worked in repoussé and chasing, with full inscription presenting service to Commodore Matthew Perry. Pot has rustic-style handles with grape and leaf motifs, and ivory insulation rings. Pedestal foot with rolled gadrooned molding. Separate lid with finial. Engraved inscription: "Presented to Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, by the Chamber Of Commerce And Merchants of New York.
This set of fifteen pieces are part of a dinner service of 381 pieces presented to Perry in appreciation of his part in opening trade with Japan. Presented by the Chamber Of Commerce And Merchants Of New York City in 1855, in acknowledgement of his success in the negotiation of a treaty with Japan in 1854. Most of the service is owned by the New York Historical Society.
Reference: "Commodore Perry Opens Japan," Rhode Island History, vol. I, no.1 (Jan 1942). p.19.
Credit LineGift of Perry Belmont
SubjectsOpening of Japan
Related People & OrganizationsPerry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858 (associated)